Laurie Halse Anderson
High school is tough enough without becoming an outcast for doing the right thing. Melinda's high school experience takes a dark turn when she's raped at a party, leaving her isolated and unable to speak out. Only her art class provides any solace, and it's through her work on a project that she begins to heal. But when she has another violent encounter with her rapist, Melinda fights back and finally achieves vindication. In this powerful novel, Laurie Halse Anderson tackles the hypocrisy of high school and the importance of speaking up for oneself. A finalist for the National Book Award, Speak is a poignant and unforgettable story.